What is steampunk?
Steampunk is a subgenre of science-fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, futuristic designs, and often Victorian-era aesthetics.
You’ll see a lot of refined furnishings and clothing paired with brass and copper. It’s a fictional era that marries the Industrial Revolution with the Wild West.
Steampunk is an extremely popular genre for books, video games, movies, and art, and there are many fans out there who love to see these elements used in graphic design.
Use elements like gears, pipes, and machinery mixed with ornate Victorian-style elements to create the vibe. And, as you know, no design is complete without the perfect steampunk fonts to complete the look.
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The Best Steampunk Fonts
When it comes to steampunk fonts, there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure that the font you choose fits the overall style of your design. Steampunk fonts can be ornate and decorative, or they can be more simple and industrial-looking. It all depends on the overall aesthetic you’re going for.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered more than 20 of the best steampunk fonts that would be perfect for your next Victorian-Futuristic design.
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This color font is loaded with steampunk-inspired decorations, making it the perfect choice for adding extra detail to your design. It comes with 5 different font styles — two of them with a gear fill that truly lends itself to the classic steampunk style.
This font will look good at any size, so use it for anything from party invitations to magazine layouts, business cards, or website designs. Package includes five font styles (3 black and 2 colorized) with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, multilingual support, and a bonus vector steampunk owl graphic.
Starship is an old-fashioned Victorian typeface that’s perfect for creating vintage steampunk designs. With its ornate details and antique style, it will give your project an authentic feel.
Eight different fonts are included, but use the grunge styles to give your project the most steampunk vibe. This is a perfect choice for book covers, movie posters, and headline copy. Zip file includes 8 font files with uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation.
LaCoste is similar to the previous font, an old-fashioned typeface with ornate details, but this one has more of a Wild West vibe. It’s another great choice for your steampunk designs.
Use the grunge version of this typeface for packaging designs, whiskey labels, headlines in posters, and wherever you want to add a bit of retro flair. Font package comes with 4 font files — regular, regular grunge, inline, and inline grunge with all caps lettering, numbers, and punctuation.
Inspired by vintage lettering from the 19th century, Octopus is an all-caps font that will work perfectly for your design projects. This display font has that classic steampunk feel, with sharp angles, bold lines, and a Victorian vibe.
Use the grunge versions of the font to make it feel even more steampunk. Font package includes six styles — regular and grunge, inline and inline grunge, bold and bold grunge with all caps letters, numbers, and punctuation.
The inline and rough versions of Castile have a fabulous steampunk vibe, but this typeface could just as easily find itself on a roundup of the best Art Deco fonts. The ornate details, elegant letters, swirly serifs, and retro vibe of this font make it a great choice for advertising, signage, packaging, invitations, and so much more. Zip file includes 4 font styles — regular and grunge, inline and inline grunge — with all caps letters, numbers, and punctuation.
And now for something completely different! IndustryMania features letters and numbers formed completely out of mechanical parts — pipes, gears, nuts, and bolts. This unique and lighthearted font takes steampunk in a pleasant direction.
It’s well-suited for designs for children, like books, party invitations, kids’ bedroom decor, and more. Steampunk designs tend to be dark and sometimes even scary but this versatile font keeps it light and fun. Zip file includes all caps letters, numbers, and limited punctuation.
Atlantis is another all-caps display font with an adventurous feel that’s so perfect for steampunk designs. This typeface has a bit of an elegant Art Deco aesthetic, with its ornamental serifs and parallel lines.
It would be well suited for website headers, logo designs, editorial layouts, letterheads, book covers, labels, and more. Use the grunge and inline versions of the font to add more retrofuturistic flair. The font package includes 6 styles — regular and grunge, inline and inline grunge, and bold and bold grunge — with uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Inspired by antique signage, Forest — with its ornamental details and swirly flourishes — has a truly vintage vibe that makes it a perfect steampunk typeface. Use the grunge versions on your vintage design projects to help give them that classic steampunk look, especially when combined with graphic images of gears and steam mechanics.
This display font is a perfect choice for logos, packaging, signs, t-shirts, labels, steampunk posters, and website headers. Zip file comes with 4 styles — regular and grunge, inline and inline grunge versions— with capital letters, numbers, and punctuation.
This is a classic Victorian theme vintage typeface with small caps letters. It’s got a beautiful style suitable for creating the refined look that era is so well known for. Create signage, letterhead, logotype, posters, book covers, invitations, and more. Then, use gritty and grungy industrial design elements to move your project into the steampunk genre. Zip file includes two styles, regular and italic, with uppercase and small caps lowercase characters, numbers, punctuation, stylistic alternates, and multilingual characters. Web font available.
This Victorian-style display font is loaded with ornate embellishments, making it a perfect choice for our list of high-quality steampunk fonts. With its gilded details and antique style, it’s a perfect choice for when you need to add elegance to designs that are leaning too far to the industrial side.
If it’s too fancy for your taste, just opt for one of the rough styles to give it some grit. Use Arbatosh for shirt designs, signage, advertising, or invitations. Zip file includes uppercase letters, small caps letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Brass Heart was created with the fabulous steampunk style in mind. It’s an eclectic display font with a vintage Wild West vibe. Available in both rough and clean versions, this font is a perfect typography choice for print designs, initial letters, package designs, or any other steampunk vintage design project. Font package comes in two styles, simple and rough, with uppercase letters and small caps letters, numbers, punctuation, and bonus vector illustration of a mechanical machine heart.
Similar to the previous steampunk font, Letterhead typeface wouldn’t look out of place painted on a window in Victorian times or on a poster in a dusty saloon in the Wild West. Now take that typeface and steampunk-it-up by adding some elements from the Industrial Revolution!
Use this classic-looking typeface to create letterheads, invitations, logos, social media graphics, quotes, movie posters, and more. Font package includes capital letters and small caps, numbers, punctuation, and a web font.
Our next steampunk typeface for your consideration has more of a fairy tale fantasy vibe than most of the others on the list. But it may be exactly what you need to pull your steampunk look together!
Magic Garden features beautiful swirls and ornate details along with a rough texture that, when paired with steam-machine elements, fits the description of steampunk perfectly. It’s extremely ornamental, so use it sparingly, for headlines, initials, and logotype. Zip file comes with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and 6 bonus vector drawings.
Black Spot is a vintage-style layered font that lets you easily create 3D lettering by stacking the two fonts — Black Spot Front and Black Spot Shadow. The font itself is a curvy serif with plenty of ligatures and decorative ornaments to give it that classic Victorian touch.
Use it to create steampunk labels for liquor and beer, menu boards, logos, branding, business cards, packaging, social media graphics, and more. Font package includes uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, stylistic alternates, elegant ligatures, multilingual characters, and bonus vector elements.
Here’s a lighthearted hand-drawn retro-style serif that will work wonderfully for your vintage design projects. Use it on anything from invitations to business cards, websites to t-shirt designs, and logos to social media graphics. The possibilities are endless. Zip comes with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, multilingual support, web fonts, and 6 bonus vintage vector stickers.
The grunge versions of this font have that gritty feel that’s perfect for creating that retrofuturistic vibe that steampunk is known for. It’s a beautiful, decorative font with a Victorian aesthetic, sharp edges, and oversized curves.
Use it to add a touch of elegance to your design. Try Nomos for invitations, flyers, posters, packaging, advertisements, and more.Font package comes with 4 styles — regular and grunge, inline and inline grunge — with uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Big City Light
This is a truly cool font! Big City Light is an OTF and TTF base font but that’s not the cool part. You also get the highly detailed steampunk-style 3D rendered letters and a set of extra connecting wires and switches in PNG and PSD format. These graphics are classic examples of the steampunk style and would add realism to any design you’re working on.
Since the letters are so detailed, they should only be used at a large size, so save them for your headlines. A great choice for posters, book covers, websites, and social media. Zip file includes 26 letters in PSD and PNG format, base font file in three styles with uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation, and extra wires and switches.
This one is not a traditional font file — the letters are vector graphics that you’ll need to place individually into your project — but we thought it was still worthy of making our list of steampunk fonts because it’s one of the few that really focuses on the industrial aspect of the genre.
Just know that since you have to place each letter one at a time, you’ll not want to use this typeface for any large body of copy! Save it for short headlines unless you’re a glutton for punishment. It would be great for posters, logo work, initials, book covers, editorial layouts, and more. Download includes 43 symbols in two color variations, black & white and brass, in the following formats: Vector EPS, CDR, JPG, PNG, and PSD.
Free Steampunk Fonts
Rounding out our list are a few of the best free steampunk fonts you can find on the web. There is a wide variety to choose from, each with its own unique look to help set the tone for your retro-futuristic project. Remember to always review the license when you download a free font, as many of them are only free for personal use.
Decorated with gears and full of grit, this one has that quintessential steampunk aesthetic. Comes with uppercase, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and multilingual support.
When it comes to steampunk, you can look for fonts that are either very ornate and Victorian or lean more toward the Wild West era. This one falls into the latter category.
This one also has that antique Western vibe, like something you’d see on an old Wanted poster. Pair it with industrial elements and fancy flourishes and it’ll look steampunk.
Almonte is an eclectic and unique mixture of futuristic and retro, making it perfect to use with steampunk since that’s exactly the same thing.
Final Thoughts on the Best Steampunk Fonts
As you can see, there are many different fonts to choose from, in many different styles. So choosing the right one can be a daunting task. We’ve provided some of the best steampunk fonts that give you the variety and flexibility you need when designing with the retrofuturistic style in mind. The font you pick should fit the tone of your project so it doesn’t look like an afterthought.
Ideally, the font you choose will add to the Victorian-meets-Industrial-Revolution-meets-Wild-West aesthetic of your design. And when you find the perfect font, you’ll end up with a steampunk masterpiece.